1850s, folding rocking chair

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Project by eddie posted 07-04-2014 03:39 PM 3129 views 23 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Had fun trying this chair .for me it was a challenge and it still has a way to go before im satisfied with it . the chair was made with white walnut or maybe maple plywood ,the finish was some honey colored stain from General Finishes ,and topped with poly some wipe on and the last coat sprayed.being in Louisianan we have rain to deal with and humid y finally got it sanded and couldn’t wait for a good day to go out side and spray the finish so put a couple coats of wipe on ,still didn’t look right .the weather got good and hot around 90 and not to humid around 70 .the sprayer made it a lot nicer finish .still got a ways to go on the finish just need a lot more practice keep forgetting to hold the gun right and some wind caused a few runs nothing that cant be fixed but did end up with a mosquito in the poly .

. it really is a cool rocker .and thanks with the help on it David AKA patron he had came over and was helping me renovate my shop and saw the chair on the work bench and said that was cool told him not sure the plywood rockers runners would hold up on the ground he suggest i cut 1/4 oak and clamp and glue to the bottom thanks David they did the trick and it dose look good with em on it

.thanks yall for looking .its not going to be sold not this one i figure after a few more builds they will only get better ,heres the plans .and i do recommend to get the hard ware kit that you can get from them as stainless steelhard ware bolt package is helpful ,thanks for looking,46158&p=47297

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#1 posted 07-04-2014 03:43 PM

Great rocker, Eddie. Looks very comfortable.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#2 posted 07-04-2014 03:46 PM

thanks Chris it is .this is the larger one holds my big ole butt :)

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#3 posted 07-04-2014 03:49 PM

Nice work, eddie.

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#4 posted 07-04-2014 03:58 PM

Nice, eddie. Leaving the mosquito gives it character and protein! You can laugh at the purple martins when they try to pick it off the rocker! i bet you could make a folding love seat rocker now that you’ve made a single.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#5 posted 07-04-2014 04:02 PM

Like that Rocker, Eddie! The moskeeter in the finish could become a trademark! Thanks for the link to the pattern, too.

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 07-04-2014 04:09 PM

I really like the design of this piece. Thanks for the link for the plans, I just ordered them.

Keep up the good work sir.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 07-04-2014 04:26 PM

That rocker…. ROCKS!!!

Ain’t David an ingenious one….
So, kudos to him.
But you did all the heavy lifting!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#8 posted 07-04-2014 04:45 PM

Sweet chair eddie…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#9 posted 07-04-2014 04:58 PM

looking good eddie

now you got more space on the workbench too

moving right along there bud

nice to know you are enjoying the shop more

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#10 posted 07-04-2014 04:58 PM

Nice job, eddie.
Need one more, for you and a guest. Sippin’ rockin’ and spittin’ and tellin’ tales.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#11 posted 07-04-2014 05:05 PM


Looks great. Is it easy to make? Can it be made from Hardwood? Do you have templetes?

Patron “David” is an awesome guy and friend

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#12 posted 07-04-2014 05:23 PM

That’s one rockin chair!

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#13 posted 07-04-2014 05:55 PM

Nice work there, thanks for sharing.

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#14 posted 07-04-2014 07:18 PM

Very cool—thanks for sharing.

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#15 posted 07-04-2014 09:36 PM

Looks great eddie. Your new bandsaw got a workout on this project and looks like it performed as advertised. I agree with David: plywood rockers would have been a problem.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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